Real, Personal, & Safe
Culture, Royalty, & Spirituality
Explorations & Engagements
TRANSFORMATIVE NORTH INDIA
This is the 3rd year that Cardamom Affair (led by Roke Noir) is taking a small group of women from around the world to North India. Come experience India with one of her daughters, someone who calls the Bay Area her home, but India her land, her blood, her poetry, and her love. Whether you intend this as a pilgrimage, a journey, or a vacation, the experience will transform you in ways more than you can imagine.
India - palaces and pickles, monsoon and marigold, dung and dust, colors and corpses, creation and chaos - is a cruel unrelenting place of ineffable sweetness, of co-existing contradictions, much like life itself. This is a land so old, with a soul so deep and a culture so diverse, that it can be hard to explore it as a foreigner, especially as a woman, but magical if introduced to you by a local.
Whether you are drawn to culture, spirituality, history & myths, art & architecture, or simply how this land works, this trip is for you. We have carefully chosen 9 destinations, each unique in what it has to offer, to create a safe and comfortable journey for you–all the while striving to give you the experience of real India which only a native can.
Meet the Aryans, a people of mixed race with a diverse culture and spirituality created through centuries of invasions and adaptation
See some of the most spectacular forts and palaces in the world with exquisite architecture and unimaginable extravagance
Ride into the desert on a camel to watch the golden sunset
Experience tantric rituals soaked in blood and liquor at Roke’s ancestral village in worship of Goddess Kali followed by Diwali
Lounge at rooftop restaurants overlooking a lake with a floating palace
Relax on the boat drifting on the Ganges watching the evening worship
Price a camel or visit a magicians tent at the Pushkar Camel Fair
Learn the artistic, culinary, and spiritual practices indigenous to this land
Visit the Taj, one of world’s seven wonders
And much more...
OPTIONS / COST
21 Days - Full Trip: Oct 26 - Nov 15
17 days - Long Trip: Oct 29 - Nov 14
15 Days - Short Trip: Oct 26 - Nov 9
12 Days - Fast Trip: Oct 29 - Nov 9
The tour cost varies depending on length of travel and some individual preferences and is provided on request. It includes all accommodation, internal transportation (coaches, trains & flights), entry fees for all sites on the official itinerary and 2 meals per day. Airfare to India and back is not included but we can assist you with that.
KOLKATA - AMADPUR - VARANASI
DELHI - AGRA - PUSHKAR
+ CUSTOM DESTINATIONS
Because India is such a deep experience, we gather ahead of time to know more about who we are and what we are seeking. Besides getting to know each other, we also learn about India and get accustomed to etiquettes and practices of that land. We create our final plan for each day of the trip based on our preferences. If you have places of special interest in India that are not under the featured itinerary, we can tailor make a special package for you before or after the tour.
ROKE / KRISHNAKALI
Cardamom Affair was created by Roke Noir (Krishnakali) and Zoe Balfour, for women all around the world, to experience the real India in a safe and comfortable way. You will be Roke's guest during the journey. She will show you India through the eyes of a native, tell you its fascinating history, introduce you to its many spiritualities, engage you in its cultural and artistic practices, and navigate you through its chaos.
Using her skills as an energetic coach, teacher, artist and ceremonialist, Roke is able to guide you through an inner exploration, drawing upon your everyday experience to make this journey one of deep transformation. Having lived in America for 28 years she is perfectly suited to find the meeting place of the two worlds so different from each other in so many ways. Beginning in 2019, her mother, Bhadra Chaudhuri, will accompany the guests, as the hostess.
Mar 24, Sunday, 4 - 5 pm, Oakland
April 3, Wednesday, 7 - 9 pm, Oakland
ON THE PHONE
If you can not attend any of the scheduled Information Sessions please contact us to make an individual appointment for a presentation either over the phone or face to face.
Call/Text/WhatsApp: +1 (510) 681 9740